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Dave Clark Five

Dave Clark Five

The Dave Clark Five are usually compared with their British contemporaries, the Beatles. Though clearly not in the same league, they don't deserve to be completely dismissed.

The London based DC5 got together in the early 60's in the hopes of raising money for their football club so they could play some matches on the continent. Forming around drummer Dave Clark, the group featured Mike Smith on keyboards and vocals. By '63, as the Beatles were tearing up England, the DC 5 signed a recording contract. Their first hit was a cover of the Contour's "Do You Love Me" but the big news came months later when "Glad All Over" displaced the Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand" at #1. The London press predicted the "Liverpool fad" would be replaced by the Tottenham (DC5's London stomping ground) Sound. It was utter nonsense. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" couldn't stay on top forever. Something had to replace it.

"Catch Us If You Can," "Can't You See That She's Mine" and "Bits and Pieces" were among the DC5's best Rockers. The group, thanks to extensive TV exposure, kept going strong through '66 (a long run in Rock n' Roll years). They even made a decent movie "Having A Wild Weekend."

The other notable thing about the DC5 was Dave Clark himself. Rockers have been consistently cheated out of royalties or made horrendous investments. Both the Beatles and Rolling Stones lost huge sums (even though Mick Jagger was an economics student). But they earned so much the loss wasn't fatal - but pretty close. Lesser bands, usually found themselves broke shortly after the hits stopped. Some even before. Dave Clark owned exclusive rights to his group's recordings and managed them extraordinarily well. When the plug was pulled on the landmark British music show "Ready, Steady, Go!" Clark bought the program rights. The show contained performances by his band and just about every major and minor Rock act from the mid-60's. Doling out the music footage was another Clark moneymaker.

As the late-60's dawned the straight-ahead Rock of the DC5 was woefully out of fashion. Also, the group made some bad song choices. The DC5 were probably the only group with all its members surviving the 60's not to play the revival circuit. The reason was simple; Clark didn't need the money.

'08 should have been a happy time for the Dave Clark Five. They were slated to be inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame (along with The Ventures, John Mellencamp and Madonna). But just 11 days before the ceremony, Smith died at age 64 after a bout with pneumonia. At the induction, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Billy Joel and Joan Jett participated in a tribute to the DC5.

Dave Clark Five Discography


1964 Glad All Over
1964 The Dave Clark Five Return!
1964 American Tour
1965 Coast To Coast
1965 Weekend In London
1965 Having A Wild Weekend
1965 I Like It Like That
1966 The Dave Clark Five's Greatest Hits
1966 Try Too Hard
1966 Satisfied With You
1966 More Greatest Hits
1967 5 By 5
1967 You Got What It Take
1968 Everybody Knows
1971 The Dave Clark Five
1975 Glad All Over Again
1993 History Of The Dave Clark Five

Top 10 Billboard Chart Hits:

1964 Glad All Over #6
1964 "Bits and Pieces #4
1964 Can't You See That She's Mine #4
1964 Because #3
1965 I Like It Like That #7
1965 Catch Us If You Can #4
1965 Over And Over #1
1967 You Got What It Takes #7

The DC5. The group represented a fun, innocent side of Rock 'n' Roll, with more in common with the Beach Boys than the Beatles. "Glad All Over," "Can't You See That She's Mine," and "Bits and Pieces" are great Rock 'n' Roll songs.

With that said, the Dave Clark Five lived and, eventually, died by their hits. There are several "Hits" packages available. If the budget allows "The History of the Dave Clark Five" is the best way to go. The Dave Clark Five had more depth than they were given credit for and this is the best way to hear it.

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